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ArmchairBEA: 2012 wrap-up

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Armchair BEA 2012

The party's over

Book Expo America 2012 ends

The virtual conference for the 2012 Book Expo America in NYC called ArmchairBEA is over but for book bloggers, writers, publishers, and readers the work continues. Despite all the changes and new technologies, the book industry continues its forward movement, and the book bloggers will continue reading, reviewing, and recommending books. The good news is that there are plenty of new books being published and that’s a good thing.

Visit Armchair BEA

For me this has been a great week to connect with other bloggers who share my love for books. The opportunity to view Book Expo live via streaming video has been fun and helpful. This is the third year for this event but the first time for me. If you can’t attend the real thing, the virtual conference is a great idea. I plan to attend again next year. To give you an idea of the the virtual aspect, here’s a few links from ArmchairBEA:

Read posts from the other participants

When you get to ArmchairBEA, look for posts such as this one where ArchairBEA particpants take on the daily prompt Getting Beyond Your Blog. You’ll find links to all the bloggers who posted their thoughts on the daily topic. Why not stop by and read what they have to say. Don’t forget to leave them a note and tell them what you think.

Read my ArmchairBEA posts 

The loss of Ray Bradbury

In the midst of all the excitement, I’d like to note once again that we lost the great Ray Brabury this week during, aptly, the transit of Venus on June 5, 2012. You can read a round up of articles and information at Remembering Ray Bradbury: Writers pay tribute to a legend. I’ll be sharing my own memories later this week.

Waco the Wonder Dog at rest

The conference take-away

There’s always one thing that stands out amongst all the others. For me it was the open, generous spirit of the participants, the book blogging community, who shared their knowledge with so many. I know how hard it is to produce an event like this in the real world or the virtual so kudos to a great blogging team who really brought it home.

Finally, I’d like to thank all the bloggers and visitors who have stopped by to read and, especially, to comment. You’ve made this experience richer for having taken the time to read my posts and express your own opinions. The conversations have been great. Let’s keep it going. But first, as my lovely Waco the Wonder Dog illustrates, it’s time to rest.

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  • Michael Kitto

    It’s been a great week, so many new blogs to follow :)

  • Vikk Simmons

    No kidding. Plenty of online reading left to do. :) 

  • Gwen

    I am still trying to read all of the posts and I did allow myself to start following some new-to-me blogs, like yours.

    What really hit me this year was how YA has really exploded. Going to have to come out with some creatives ideas in order to keep other genres, like non-fiction in my case, heard above the din.